Serial sex attacker on the loose in Vancouver

We have asked you here today to seek your help in finding and stopping a serial sex attacker from hurting any more women in our community.

Our empathy goes out to the victims of this man. We owe it to them and every woman in our community to put him behind bars as quickly as possible.

We strongly believe that one person is responsible for at least three attacks that we know of, beginning as far back as the summer of 2009. We have now linked these three crimes by DNA.

The suspect has targeted women who are temporarily isolated late at night, and when few if any witnesses are around. He preys on women who are under 30, and in these three cases the alleged victims were in the Entertainment District prior to the attacks.

The first attack happened Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 4:13 a.m. (stat holiday) in the 1600 block of W.4th Avenue / Granville Street Bridge.

The second took place Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 1:45 a.m. in the 900 block of Beach Avenue and the third Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 2:30 a.m. at Marinaside Crescent at Drake Street.

All of the women suffered an emotional toll in these attacks and one of them women suffered scrapes and bruises from being forcibly thrown to the ground.

We are looking for a man who is described as tanned or olive-skinned, in his 20s or 30s, with dark hair, an average build and of medium height and he was well-groomed.

If you have any information you believe could be useful in finding this man and ending these attacks please call 604-717-0602.

In the meantime, we are urging all women to remain vigilant and alert when walking alone at night. Walk with purpose using the street side of the sidewalk to avoid doorways and alleys.

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